A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rocked the coast of Florida late Wednesday in what is considered a “rare” occurrence, the United States Geological Survey said.
The quake occurred about 100 miles from Cape Canaveral and roughly 6 miles under the seafloor at 10:48 p.m.
Only light shaking was felt from the tremor by residents in Brevard County.
The earthquake occurred hours before NASA launched its Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem or (PACE) mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 aircraft.
“We have liftoff. Our PACE spacecraft is on its way to study microscopic organisms in our ocean and particles in the air,” NASA posted on X at 1:35 a.m. local time.